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EleFact Friday: Yearly Roundup

As another year comes to a close, we reflect on the opportunities and responsibilities that we have as an organization not only to provide sanctuary to elephants, but to share news and research from around the world about the elephant species as a whole. Education is a key aspect of protecting animal species, and we hope that our weekly EleFact posts are just as worthwhile to our supporters as the fun videos we share of the sanctuary girls or the stories about their daily lives. 

From anatomical mysteries to fascinating behaviors, we certainly covered a lot of ground this year. We had lots of tusk talk – we examined the abilities of tusks to regrow, how to properly trim them, and whether or not elephants prefer the left or right over the other. Of course, we shared about elephant feet, a regular topic of our posts, as foot care is imperative to the health of the sanctuary elephants. 

We always appreciate when supporters have specific questions about the sanctuary, which we do our best to incorporate into our EleFact posts. For example, we found opportunities to share about the climate of the sanctuary habitat throughout the year and how it affects our ability to work and most properly care for the residents. We also looked at weather patterns and climate change and their effect on elephants in the wild, and how imperative it is that we protect these environments in order to protect the species. 

One of the most important EleFacts that we shared this year was about our lovely Lady, who you know has spent quite a bit of time in the male Asian yard this year, exploring and enjoying the palms. After receiving many questions and concerns about what Lady will do or how she will feel when we eventually have males at the sanctuary, we decided to share what the future holds for that space and how Lady will adapt. You can read that post here.

Although it is our job to provide the sanctuary elephants with the greatest care possible, which could not happen without the help of our supporters, it’s also our job to share the knowledge that we have about this magnificent species with all of you. Education is key, and we hope you have enjoyed and learned along with us through another wonderful year. 

To read all of our EleFACT posts from this year, visit this link. Thank you to everyone who has followed along and kept up with all of our postings throughout 2023! 

P.S.: It’s the end of the year and we’re celebrating how sanctuary nurtures the Wild at Heart nature of its elephant residents. Each elephant here at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil enjoys the power of choice, space, and friendship on their own terms – much like they would in the wild. That’s why we believe they are now free to be Wild at Heart. Please consider a year-end gift that will allow us to continue caring for them in the manner in which they deserve. You make a difference in their world that they otherwise would never have the opportunity to be a part of.

Fire Update: We had a lovely rainstorm this afternoon. Initially, it was just high winds, which riled the fire up a bit, but then there was a nice downpour and then a slower rain for about 40 minutes. It looks like there is the possibility of two small areas still being active, the ones furthest away from the sanctuary and not on our property, but because of this, 4 members of the firefighting team will be spending the night at the sanctuary. Tomorrow morning, they will explore to find out if indeed things are fully out. A few different members of the team will be staying in Chapada until after the new year in case they are needed here. This far into the rainy season, the bombeiros (Portuguese for firefighters) are not at active posts, and the ones that have come here have come from 3 hours away. We are very grateful for their support and their genuine appreciation for the sanctuary and the life it offers not just the elephants, but the wildlife that is rehabilitated and released as well. 💜 We will post something later on tomorrow as an update. No news is good news.

Photo of. Guillermina

Comments(4)

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    Sara says

    We had a lovely rainstorm this afternoon. Initially, it was just high winds, which riled the fire up a bit, but then there was a nice downpour and then a slower rain for about 40 minutes. It looks like there is the possibility of two small areas still being active, the ones furthest away from the sanctuary and not on our property, but because of this, 4 members of the firefighting team will be spending the night at the sanctuary. Tomorrow morning, they will explore to find out if indeed things are fully out. A few different members of the team will be staying in Chapada until after the new year in case they are needed here. This far into the rainy season, the bombeiros (Portuguese for firefighters) are not at active posts, and the ones that have come here have come from 3 hours away. We are very grateful for their support and their genuine appreciation for the sanctuary and the life it offers not just the elephants, but the wildlife that is rehabilitated and released as well. 💜 We will post something later on tomorrow as an update. No news is good news.

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    Alice says

    I look forward to EleFact posts every Friday! They are so interesting and informative and I have learned so much about elephants from them. The posts truly make one amazed at these wonderful animals and they make one appreciate the species only that much more.

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    Eileen L. says

    Thank you for all you do. I love reading the daily posts! I donate whenever I am able; I love what you do and appreciate your efforts to keep us all informed. ♥

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      Sara says

      Thanks for supporting the girls!

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